Thanks Tal for writing this up.

A couple comments:

1) “Add a single new sentinel value, e.g. MISSING or Sentinel” (under rejected)

I was one of the proponent of that -- but not as an alternative to having a stadardars way to create unique sentinels, but as an addition. That's kind of orthogonal to the PEP, but it would still be nice to have it at the same time.

Why? There was a fair bit of discussion as to why you would not want to require everyone to use  MISSING (dataclasses, in particular), but I still think better for the readability of everyone's code for the common case(s?) to use the same singleton, if they can.

2) couldn't a factory function simply return a sentinel subclass? Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't see why that would require stack frame inspection. 

But frankly Luciano's idea of a base class that can be subclassed seems the most startightford to me.

-CHB